January 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

The European Maritime Safety initiative in the Persian Gulf is now operational. His tactical staff is composed of Belgian, Danish, Dutch and French officers and is installed on the French Naval Base of Abu Dhabi. The "Courbet" frigate is the first to participate in the operation. She will be rapidly joined by the "De Ruyter" frigate from the Netherlands.

Recently, thirty-two autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) experts from the Royal Australian Navy, Defence Science and Technology (DST), industry and academia came together at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay in December 2019 for the inaugural ‘Summerfest’ event, to share knowledge and solutions to common challenges in the growing AUV environment.

British F-35B Lightning jets have flown from the decks of HMS Queen Elizabeth in UK waters, the first time fighter jets have operated from a British carrier in home waters in a decade. HMS Queen Elizabeth is in the North Sea, conducting Carrier Qualification for Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots from the UK Lightning Force, based out of RAF Marham in Norfolk.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system deployed for the first time Jan. 26, to provide military commanders in the Pacific greater maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data to inform critical decision-making in one of the most strategically important regions in the world.

Rocket-propelled projectiles to break ice drifts have been designed and are tested for the latest Russian nuclear submarines. They create a hole for the submarines to strike. Under-ice navigation and surfacing are the most complicated elements. A mistake can damage the sub or it will get stuck in the ice. New projectiles will expand the capabilities of Russian nuclear submarines, the Izvestia daily writes.

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, announced on January 21 that it has successfully demonstrated its MOSAIC Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system aboard a U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter, accumulating over 10 hours of operational time during a two-week period in November. The flight demonstrations, which took place over the Mid-Atlantic region, showcased for the first time the system’s discriminating capabilities including Autonomous Anti-Surface Warfare radar operations and true dual beam technology.

Fincantieri, one of the world’s top shipbuilding groups, and the Ministry of Defence of Qatar through Barzan Holding, a company wholly owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defense and responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the national armed force in the state, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Doha, aimed at strengthening their strategic partnership through the evaluation and studies of new technologies and capabilities, possibly leading to a future acquisition of new vessels already in 2020.

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